Welcome to the Week 12 Fantasy Baseball Stock Report. Let’s take a look at some players whose fantasy stock is on the rise, and some whose stock is on the fall.
WEEK 12 FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK REPORT
WEEK TWELVE PLAYERS’ STOCK ON THE RISE:
Rougned Odor, 2B, Texas Rangers
Coming into 2015, Odor was hailed by some as a deep sleeper at a weak position. After being unexpectedly called to the Majors from Double-A, Odor performed admirably as a 20-year-old in 2014. The fact that he put up decent numbers despite the circumstances had some believing that his 2015 would only be better.
Those beliefs appeared to be shot down after about a month, however, as he was demoted to Triple-A on May 8 after posting a .144/.255/.233 slash line in through 103 PAs. He began to tear it up in Triple-A after his demotion though, and was called up on June 15. Since then, Odor has been hitting very well. He is slashing .405/.458/.619 with two HR, four SB, two R, and nine RBI through 13 games and 48 PAs. His hot streak has prompted the Rangers to move him into the leadoff spot, which should increase his opportunities to score runs and might even give him a longer leash when it comes to stealing bases.
If he’s still out there in your league, I recommend a quick whiff of Odor (sorry, I had to). It’s not like 2B is crazy deep, so he might already be better than your current 2B.
Marco Estrada, SP/RP, Toronto Blue Jays
Estrada has been on fire as of late, and has flirted with a no-hitter in both of his previous two starts. I would approach with caution from this point on. Estrada has been pretty inconsistent this season before those two starts (and throughout his career for that matter), plus he has been a fly ball pitcher who plays his home games in arguably the second-best hitters’ park in the Majors. It’s entirely possible that Estrada has made some adjustments to his approach, and has found another gear in his age 31 season (he’ll be 32 next week), but I’m not counting on it. His next outing is scheduled for Tuesday against the Red Sox. The Red Sox haven’t been hitting much lately, but have the potential to go off in any given game. Be careful with this one.
Maikel Franco, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies
Franco is one of the very few bright spots in what has been another dreadful season for the Phillies. In his first 42 games and 176 PAs, he has already entrenched himself as the three-hitter with the Phillies. Now, that might be more of a testament to the struggles of the Phillies than to how good Franco is, but that’s not to say he hasn’t been playing well.
Since being called up, Franco is slashing .297/.341/.545 with 10 HR, 25 R, and 32 RBI. His profile is strange for someone with his power (think somewhere in the 25-35 HR range over a full season), and it might suggest that what he’s doing isn’t entirely fluky. He has poor plate discipline in that he doesn’t walk a whole lot and he swings at everything, but he has such quick hands and good bat speed that he has a good contact rate, which keeps his batting average respectable. He might not be a .300 hitter like he is right now, but he’s certainly capable of somewhere around .270-.280 over a full season.
He’s certainly likely to cool off, as almost every rookie goes through some kind of adjustment period, but if he’s not already owned in your league, you could do worse at the 3B or CI position than the hot-hitting Franco.
Roberto Osuna, SP/RP, Toronto Blue Jays
Osuna converted his first save opportunity on Sunday since Brett Cecil was removed from the Blue Jays closer role. Despite a few bumps in the road, the 20-year-old righty has arguably been the best reliever in their bullpen this year, but manager John Gibbons has yet to commit to a replacement for Cecil. It appears Osuna is the favorite, however, so if you need saves, Osuna might be one of the only guys out there for you. He is even more appealing in dynasty formats, as he is viewed by many as the “closer of the future” for Toronto.
Also keep an eye on:
Matt Duffy, 2B/3B, San Francisco Giants
Chris Young, OF, New York Yankees
Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Mets
Mike Montgomery, SP, Seattle Mariners
Steven Matz, SP, New York Mets
Cody Anderson, SP, Cleveland Indians
WEEK TWELVE PLAYERS’ STOCK ON THE FALL:
Jean Segura, SS, Milwaukee Brewers
Segura has cooled off considerably since batting .298/.327/.394 over the first 24 games (99 PAs) of the season. We knew his main source of fantasy value would come from steals, and when he had five SB in that span, it looked like he was going to have a nice season in that regard. In the 38 games and 157 PAs since, he has managed just 5 more SB, while watching his slash line plummet to .254/.282/.340. Though, to be fair, he missed two weeks in mid-May while on the DL.
The unfortunate part is that, while his numbers don’t jump out at you, they are still pretty decent for a SS in fantasy. If you really want to upgrade (without trading), I would check to see if Jace Peterson or Yunel Escobar are still available. But I would suggest holding onto him because you probably won’t find another shortstop on the wire who is going to finish with around 20-25 SB.
Tim Lincecum, SP, San Francisco Giants
After a nice run to begin the year, Lincecum has come back down to Earth to look more like the Lincecum of the past few years. He has looked especially rough as of late, as he has failed to make it out of the second inning in each of his last two starts. The rumors are that he is heading for a DL stint after taking a line drive to his throwing arm, and with Matt Cain and Jake Peavy slated to return from the DL in the near future, it might be a while before we see Lincecum starting for the Giants again. If all five starters are healthy when he returns sometime after the All-Star break, it’s possible the Giants will move the former two-time Cy Young winner to the bullpen.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
The rough season for Rollins continues, and he is now hitting .211/.264/.331 on the season with seven HR and six SB. He’s similar to Segura in that SS in general is a pretty weak position, so if he’s still your starter, there’s not much you can do about it outside of trading for someone else. Pay close attention to the rumors around Dodgers top prospect Corey Seager though. As of right now, there have been no rumors that the young SS will be promoted any time soon, despite his domination in Triple-A. We have said the same thing about several prospects this year, however.
Also keep an eye on:
Shin-Soo Choo, OF, Texas Rangers
Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox
Mark Trumbo, 1B/OF/DH, Seattle Mariners
Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, Boston Red Sox
Alfredo Simon, Detroit Tigers
Julio Teheran, SP, Atlanta Braves